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Mozilla's Firefox OS

The rumors have been floating around for a while that Mozilla has been working on a mobile Firefox OS. Over at the Mozilla blog they've started to show screenshots of this OS and some of the features they are building into it. Overall I'd say some of the design resembles other currently available OS's, however, overall it looks pretty sleek and functional. You can head on over to Mozilla's developers blog to check it out for yourself.

 It all started like a “skunks works” project, we had a few people working on many parts… I was contributing a few hours a week, and Josh Carpenter @joshcarpenter was tasked on penning the entire UX with the Visual Design in about a week for the MWC demo, which is a near impossible feat! But our showing at MWC was success…

Steam for Linux beta starting shortly

We posted a story about this a few months back, but next week will be the official start of the beta for Steam on Linux. This is good news if you are a Linux user as you'll be able to get access to a larger assortment of games. Steam still hasn't announced all of the games that will be coming to Linux, but Left 4 Dead 2 is one of the flagship games that will be coming to Linux. Develop has more details.

Valve is set to begin the beta for the Linux version of its digital distribution platform Steam next week.

The Valve Linux Steam team will start by running an internal beta on the service, extending this to a private external testing period for 1,000 users later in October.

The external beta will include testing for Steam itself, one Valve game and support for Ubuntu 12.04 and above. The testing period will not yet include Big Picture or additional Valve games.

AMD Trinity Gets Benchmarked

AMD has released a new APU that is making waves today.  They claim Core i5 performance with Core i3 prices.  That sounds pretty good for the mainstream market, but how does it actually hold up?  Tom's Hardware has some information on the new A10, A8 and A6 products.

About a month ago, AMD took the wraps off of its Trinity-based APU. Hotly-anticipated, all eyes turned to see how the second-generation amalgamation of x86 cores and graphics processing resources performed. Why were so many enthusiasts interested in a decidedly mainstream piece of hardware?

Valve Testing Steam Linux

It appears that the 1% of the world that uses Linux will get a chance to use it as a gaming platform in the near future.  Next week Steam is going to release a beta version to 1000 gamers that use Linux to see how it goes.  Here's hoping that Steam can hit more platforms soon!

"For existing Linux users, the external private beta is a good release for seeing where we are in running our games on Linux," reads the blog entry. "We will be using a sign up page for the external beta. Information about the sign up will be announced in a future post.

25 Billion Apps Downloaded

Google is celebrating 25 Billion apps downloaded with a feature set of Apps on sale for a mere $0.25 each.  These include popular titles such as Angry Birds Space Premium, Draw Something, Asphalt 7: Heat, Granny Smith and more.  If you are on a budget and didnt' want to spend $5 on some of these, go get them now!

Play Sale 

Facebook Finally Deletes Fake Accounts

Facebook is all set to delete "thousands" of fake accounts that have been piling up on them and making them seem a little less credible.  In this process, they will also get rid of all the bots "likes" too, so you may find yourself not being quite as popular as you were before.  Hopefully, they actually delete people's accounts that have tried to quit Facebook as well.  Gizmodo has more details.

TechCrunch reports that Facebook has confirmed it's "purging fake accounts and Page Likes as it implements site integrity improvements announced last month." You want to see results? Zynga's Texas HoldEm page lost 96,000 likes in a single day; Lady Gaga lost 31,700 "fans" in the same period.

Mice and Keyboards

Hades Acheron A3 Gaming Mousepad

AcheronWe have just taken a look at the Hades Acheron A3 Gaming Mousepad.  This pad is a massive beast that measures in at 500mm x 400mm (19.7in x 15.7in).  That is massive and along with the size, this thing performs like a champ for a cloth pad.  We are very impressed with it overall and it's one of the few things that have scored so well at BCCHardware.  Take a look and see if the Acheron would fit your gaming lifestyle.

I spend a lot of time on the computer surfing around and gaming. So, naturally I have drinks on my desk. I think you know where this going...I decided to pour some water in the center of the pad to see how long it would take to soak in. After 20 minutes I gave up because the water did not soak in at all. It just floated on top and wiped off completely dry.

Inside Foxconn's iPhone factories

Over the past few weeks Foxconn has been in the news again thanks to riots at their iPhone factories. Crumby working conditions and long hours are to blame, yet Foxconn still remains a huge employer in China and people are lining up to get a job with them. Most articles I've seen floating around are just quick reports on Foxconn but CNET has sent a reporter over to China to investigate what goes on inside these factories and if you want to find out more about how your high tech gadgets are made you will want to read their report.

If you want to understand why iPhones are made in this corner of the world, look no further than Li Yue.

When I met the effervescent 21-year-old, she was lined up at a kiosk outside the gates of the massive assembly plant owned by Foxconn. Li, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jean shorts and carrying a pink parasol to beat the heat on a scorcher of a June day, was among a group of a dozen or so candidates applying for a job with the Taiwanese firm. Not a specific job, mind you. Any job.

It's not as if Li, who just finished her first year as a student at Henan Police College, didn't have much going for her. She was bright and engaging. She spoke more than passing English. And she conveyed an eagerness to get started.


Cable companies want to make your console obsolete

Major cable companies like AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner are starting to wage a war against consoles like the PlayStation and XBOX that is successful will make your consoles obsolete. Obviously these companies are interesting in grabbing a piece of the $24+ Billion dollar gaming market and they are looking to cloud-gaming services to help integrate gaming into their cable boxes. You probably won't see these new boxes soon, but in the next year or two you can guarantee that these big cable companies will be coming out with hardware with games included in an attempt to get you to stay with them. Bloomberg has more details.

AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc. are gearing up for a push to deliver video games directly to televisions, said people with knowledge of the matter, a strategy shift that poses a threat to traditional consoles such as the PlayStation, Wii and Xbox.

Trials of cloud-gaming services are likely to start later this year so carriers can test and tweak the technology before wider deployments that may begin as early as 2013, said the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. Other carriers are aiming for 2014, the people said.


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